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Old 27 November 2010, 13:51   #1
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ribbing in france next year

as the above suggetsts we are looking to take the rib to france next year, is there any rules or regulations i need to be aware of?
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Old 27 November 2010, 15:30   #2
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Where abouts are you planning on going....staying coastal or venturing onto the canals and inland waterways?

Also, have you any kind of powerboat qualifications, RYA or other?

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Old 27 November 2010, 15:32   #3
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ICC, proof of purchase, proof of VAT paid, VHF certificate. The more bits of paper the better
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not sure exactly where yet, still need to find a campsite with a good slipway close by or on site. i am planning on doing the rya pb 2 this winter.

any recomendations on where to stay/launch?

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Old 27 November 2010, 16:00   #5
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The whole of the west coast of France is worth seeing at some point or another.. however you really need to decide what department you are planning on visiting first as each department along the coast offers a different kind of enjoyment....
We favour the Brittany coastline as it offers nearly everything you could want for on a day out in a boat...stunning coastline, loads of isolated islands to explore, fantastic wildlife and great food (and even better cider!)

The Basse Normandie coastline has its advantages too, the Cotentin peninsular (from Caen westwards around the coast till you get to Avranches) has some beutifull coastline too and, if you have the boat for it, could be your gateway to the Channel islands.

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We've been taking RIBs across to Normandy for about 16years. We've had our run ins with the Douanes once or thrice. As already mentioned plenty of paper AND get your boat on the SSR & fly a red ensign. As soon as they see that, they tend to leave you alone. Grandcamp-maisy has a very good slip usable 3-4hrs either side of HW depending on springs/neaps. Try "camping Omaha Beach" for basic no frills laid back campsite. This is right on Omaha, stunning beach terriffic views. The west coast of the Cotentin has plenty of campsites but we've yet to find one as spacious as Omaha. They are very crowded & getting a boat in & out is a nightmare. Launching on the west side is also more problematic due to the greater tidal ranges & the flatter coastline. Cartaret is one of the better launches on the west side & gives easy access to the Channel Islands.
LD lines into le Havre is the cheapest ferry. Brittany Ferries tend to be better service but you pay for it.
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